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moderate to challenging
Activities
  • Cycling
Accommodation
  • 2 nights exclusive semi-permanent campsites, 2 nights motel/lodge
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days$2390USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: TEK

Trip highlights


  • Cycling backroads in the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks
  • Discover the vast landscapes, rich wildlife and the present and past indigenous history of the Top End
  • Plunge into swim holes fed by dramatic waterfalls
  • Experience the night chorus as the sunsets while ambling on a sunset cruise on the Corroboree Billabong
  • Learn the stories and cultural connections to land on an Indigenous guided trip along the East Alligator River
  • enjoy comfortable campsites and share a yarn by the campfire and reflect on your cycle day with a group of like-minded travellers

The Top End fills people’s imagination with crocodiles, buffalo and barramundi and images of sweeping landscapes and flood plains. It is a location that excites the senses from the moment you arrive but it is also a place of amazing history. Kakadu is truly an ancient land with an environment surviving largely untouched and a culture that has endured and maintained cultural connections to country passed down through generations. It is this connection between both an ancient environment and a surviving and celebrated ancient culture that make this region truly worthy of dual World Heritage listing. Over 5 days we’ll ‘hike and bike’ to some of the best locations in the region, enjoying two nights at our private semi-permanent campsite in Kakadu with a million-star view and the crackle of a campfire. We’ll swim in remote rockpools, meet Indigenous guides who will share their connection to land then create some dust as we cycle down back roads and along some selected scenic roads. This is an amazing round trip of over one thousand kilometres travelling a round circuit south from Darwin then east to Kakadu before circling back west from the southern reaches of Kakadu to Litchfield National Park before returning to Darwin.


Today begins with a short trip across Darwin Harbour from Cullen Bay to Mandorah . This is by passenger ferry but fairly isolated from Darwin as there are no bridges across the Harbour itself. You’ll arrive in Mandorah and meet your guide, grab your bike and begin your first day of cycling. We head directly south along the Cox’s Peninsular Road stopping for lunch along the way. We are heading to the Mary River but we’ll drop in for a quick dip at Berri Springs to freshen up before heading east along the Arnhem Highway then it is back on the bikes for a 20km ride out to the Corroboree Billabong where we experience this region come to life ambling around the Corroboree Billabong on a sunset cruise.

Meals:  L

After an early breakfast we head east and enter the Kakadu region and head straight to the northern part of the park that borders with Arnhem Land. The drive east travels across the flood plain regions of Kakadu which for many months of the years are submerged in flood waters. The region has wetlands protection under the Ramsar Convention for its significance for not only abundant native Australian birds but as a crucial stopover for migratory birds. Our first stop is Ubirr where we’ll take a walk around the rock art and get a glimpse of an ancient culture expressed though art. While there we take a short hike to the Nabib lookout, which overlooks the East Alligator River Flood Plain. Some will recognise this view from the film ‘Crocodile Dundee’ or the numerous tourism promotion shoots. This is classic Kakadu. We’ll have a leisurely lunch then head a short distance down to our second cruise, this time along the East Alligator River where your indigenous hosts explain their cultural attachment to the area and point out a number of features in the landscape and their significance to culture and identity. When we arrive back on shore our ride begins for the afternoon and we ride south towards the town of Jabiru then head out to our private soft camp and our first night under stars.

Meals:  B,D

We head off early and cycle south along the Kakadu Highway and to the east looming large are the Kakadu escarpments which once rose from an ancient ocean now standing as a reference to the history of this land. We detour off the highway and cycle over to the escarpments to a region known indigenously as Burrungkuy. We’ll take a walk around the base of the escarpment and view some amazingly well preserved rock art and hear the stories and significance of this work before taking a short hike to Gunwarrdehwarrde lookout. From this vantage point looking across what was once an ancient ocean some 140 million yeas ago with glacial till at your feet the term ‘an ancient landscape’ is truly understood. Later we stop at the Waradgin Cultural Centre and visit Jabiru with optional aerial tour. Return to campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we head south to the Maguk Falls turnoff. From here we cycle the 10km to the falls and walk through monsoon forest with birdcalls carrying through the trees to the base of the falls where the large waterhole is perfect for a dip. Next we drive 180km with a stop enroute in Pine Creek. We get on our bikes to follow a quiet backroad to the Adelaide River, offering another dimension to the mining and cultural history of the region. The full route to Adelaide River is about 66km along a flat tarred road, with typical scenery of scrubland and termite mounds. The option to cycle less is available as our support vehicle will be with us along the route. Tonight is spent either in Adelaide River, or we head north by vehicle to the township of Batchelor in the Litchfield region and overnight in Batchelor.

Meals:  B

This is our final day but a huge day in Litchfield NP. We head west stopping off along the way to marvel at the magnetic and cathedral termite mounds which are unique to this region before heading further west and rising onto the Tabletop Plateau. Commanding about eighty percent of the park this plateau provides the life blood for the park and surrounding rivers and wetlands. Rainfall captured during the wet season in the swamps and rockpools is slowly released and filters through the sandstone to produce a number of truly remarkable waterfalls and crystal-clear swimming holes. Our first stop is Florence Falls and you’ll know we have arrived somewhere special when you hear the roar of the waterfall from the car park then walk down to one of the jewels of the NT. We spend the day moving though the park taking in the Buley Waterholes a ride into Wangi Falls for lunch then cycle out of the park in the afternoon before heading back into Darwin.

Meals:  B


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Elevation

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Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 2 Wildlife cruises
  • 2 nights Safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping, All dining and catering equipment while camping
  • 2 nights motel / lodge twinshare in private ensuite rooms
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • vehicle support while cycling
  • transfers between cycle stages

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Darwin before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser
  • bike rental - bikes are available for rent for an additional cost

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$2390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • standard bike rentalUSD$230
  • e-bike rentalUSD$380
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

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